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Maternity Leave: Women’s Survival vs. Family Responsibilities in Rwanda

  Human Wrongs Watch Kigali, 22 October 2014 (ILO)* – Kanyange’s (not her real name) baby is crying intermittently as they wait to meet a doctor at a health care centre in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.  Source: ILO “My baby has been like this over the last two days. This started just after I had returned to work after my six-week maternity leave had expired.” . The doctor’s instructions brought more c ...

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In Sierra Leone, Getting Back to School – on the Airwaves

  Human Wrongs Watch With schools closed throughout the country as a result of the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone is bringing the classroom into students’ homes through the use of educational radio broadcasts. © UNICEF Sierra Leone/2014/Romero | Moalem Siseh, 17, writes on a blackboard to help teach Uleymatu Conteh, 13, who is taking her school lessons by radio. The project aims to reach more than 1.7 mi ...

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We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and ISIS. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes — but not in the Middle East. We need tens of thousands of boots on the ground dealing with Ebola: boots of doctors, nurses, health professionals, dealing with this wholly preventable global health disaster. Ebola is a small virus that is re ...

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No Time to Mourn

  Human Wrongs Watch ‘After losing her mother to the Ebola virus, a girl in Sierra Leone must raise her younger brother and sister on her own – and hold on to her own hope of returning to school.’   By Anne Boher, Kenema, Sierra Leone, 16 October 2014 – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary, at 4:30 a.m. He has a headache and can’t sleep. He asks her where their mother is. It is the same ...

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“I bought a mattress and health insurance” – Rural Rwandan Farmer

Human Wrongs Watch ‘Through Farmer Field Schools, more than 350 farmers have learned about nutrition, modern agricultural techniques and business skills while creating cooperatives and pooling savings.’ Kigali, Rwanda, October 2014 (UN Women)* – On a sunny Tuesday in the Nyaruguru district of Rwanda’s South Province, 75 women and men gather in their best clothes to graduate from the UN Women-supported Farme ...

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Tanzania’s ‘New Citizens’ to Get Land, Voting Rights

  Human Wrongs Watch Dar Es Salaam, 17 October 2014 (IRIN)* – Over 162,000 former Burundian refugees, who were recently granted Tanzanian citizenship after living in the country for over four decades, will now be able to buy and own land and vote, said a senior government official. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has hailed the move. Most of the former refugees have been living in camps in the western Ta ...

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Liberians in US Face Worsening Stigma

  Human Wrongs Watch By Philippa Garson, New York, 17 October 2014 (IRIN)* — Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous pressure trying to help their families and ravaged communities back home. And they face an additional challenge: stigma.    **Photo: Bobby Digi | In better times – market in Little Liberia selling food ...

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The greatest coping strategy is helping others — a conversation with Liberian activist B. Abel Learwellie

By Bryan Farrell for Waging Nonviolence Liberian human rights activist B. Abel Learwellie has seen more death and destruction than any person should have to endure. He’s lived through two civil wars, during which he lost family members, witnessed brutal killings, and was kidnapped and forced to serve as a child soldier. Now, he’s on the frontlines of another massacre: the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history ...

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An Unprofitable Disease: In the Political Economy of Ebola, Who Lives and Who Dies?

We look at the political and economic circumstances of the spread of Ebola with science writer Leigh Phillips, who calls for a socialization of pharmaceutical research and production. Phillips says that using revenues from profitable drugs to subsidize research for unprofitable drugs would reduce the costs of vaccines and their development. He also argues the decimation of the healthcare infrastructure is l ...

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Hand-washing, Vital Tool in Fight against Ebola — UN

  Human Wrongs Watch 15 October 2014 – As the world celebrates the seventh annual Global Handwashing Day, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is spotlighting how the simple practice not only saves lives, but is also instrumental in the fight against Ebola. In Conakry, Guinea, a mobilizer teaches children about proper handwashing techniques, which help prevent the spread of diseases, including E ...

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